Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New site, new look!

I have a whole new site, new look, new everything! I switched over to a new server. I felt it was time to kick Hello Dollface up a notch! Please visit me here, Hello Dollface.
Come on over!

Friday, September 04, 2009

TJ Maxx Event in Glendale, CA

It's not a secret that I love places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls so when I got an invite to head over to a brand new TJ Maxx in Glendale,CA for a special blogger event, I said, "YES!" Then I heard Michael Jackson's funeral was going to be in Glendale on this day and I said, "No!"

I left in the wee hours of the morning and didn't get my coffee before hitting the open road. I was half asleep (and hungry) which made me dizzy so I wove in between lanes on my journey. I'm grateful I arrived in Glendale unscathed although some dude in a Camry pointed at me and laughed. He probably thought I was texting but no, just sleeping. All right! I was trying to put my makeup on!

TJ Maxx discounts designer clothes, up tp 60% off! I love that. I don't like to pay full price for clothes, I shop on sale racks and seek out the best deals. I think even if I were a millionaire, I'd still shop here.
Above is a little preview of the hottest colors for fall. I can't wait for the cooler weather so I can wear some of the upcoming trends like the boyfriend blazer, bomber jacket, slouchy boots and knits. I personally think people are going to be going dark dark dark for nails and lips for fall.
When I got to the TJ Maxx store, which incidentally is located next door to a Ross and Nordstrom Rack, the event was in full swing. Luckily there was a little coffee left and I got to hear stylist/lifestyle expert Alison Deyette discuss the new trends for fall. Alison has been a guest on shows like The View, The Early Show, Tyra Banks, TLC's Ten Years Younger and many more. She's a big time fashionista! She wore a cute dress with perfect shoes. I instantly liked her.

Alison took us to the back of TJ Maxx where all the new products arrive, get unpacked and checked in. I always love a good behind- the- scenes glimpse of the action. The store itself is spotless and clean, bright and chock full of everything from clothes to handbags to beauty products. I took a look at the jewelry counter which had me drooling. Im partial to chunky silver pieces and I spotted some beautiful turquoise earrings. I don't always think of TJ Maxx as a place to go when I need fabulous jewelry but you can score something unique, a little piece to brighten up an outfit.

We got the chance to shop around before the doors opened to the public, to the non-bloggers of the world. Immediately I found a bright blue tee shirt with a slouchy neckline, photo above. I can wear it now then layer it over a tight fitting long sleeved tee shirt or under a blazer in the fall. The shirt was $14.99, not bad. There's a place in the store that features "just off the runway" items like high end designer jeans, dresses, and tops. I had my hand on a pair of beautiful jeans but reminded myself that Im trying to buy things that I don't already have in my closet. And I have many pairs of nice jeans!

I bought a knee-length black dress, sleeveless with a high neck. It was $12.99. You can't beat that price for a dress. Its so simple and I don't think it will ever go out of style.

I strolled around and looked at everything, taking my time to soak in the quiet of the store before it opened. I noticed Alison doing some heavy shopping- she really practices what she preaches about shopping at TJ Maxx.

What a fun time I had! A big thanks to Victoria who invited me in the first place. Although I didn't get to meet the other bloggers, below is a list of those who also attended, some flying in from out of state. I knew Amber from a Lancome dinner a few months back and its always nice to see a friendly face. Although I have to say, we were both so intensely shopping, we barely got to chat. Catch you next time!

http://www.glamourgirltips.com/ * http://www.wellheeledblog.com/ * http://www.beautyjunkiesunite.com/WP/ * http://www.painfullyhip.com/ *
http://laurenmessiah.com/ * http://www.stilettojungleblog.com/ * http://mygoodcents.net/ * http://www.stylehive.com/blog/ *http://www.momsbyheart.net/ * http://www.shoppingandinfo.com/ *http://www.lillepunkin.com/ * http://megsmakeup.com/ * http://www.afrobella.com/ * http://www.feistyfrugalandfabulous.com/ *


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Ayala's Herbal Water...drink up!

If you don't like drinking your daily bottle(s) of water then you might want to give Ayala Herbal Water a try. And even if you are an avid water drinker like yours truly, you'll want to sip these delicious herbal waters, the first ever USDA certified flavored organic water! I'm drinking a bottle of Ginger Lemon Peel it right now... its delicious!

With flavors like Lemongrass Mint Vanilla, Lavender Mint, Lemon Verbena Geranium, Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon, Cinnamon Orange Peel, and Ginger Lemon Peel , its easy to gulp some water during the day. These taste so good, I'm already a fan! The flavors are not strong, rather its more like an essence in the water. The flavor is not overpowering or sweet, the herbal flavors are refreshing.

The best part for those of us who are fat/calorie conscious is that these contain zero calories, no artificial additives or preservatives. The artisian well water is purified so you are drinking only the purest water and natural herbs.

Ayala Herbal Water is a healthy alternative to soda and fruit juices which contain so much sugar that I limit my own children's consumption to...pretty much nothing. With these waters, however, they can drink up! The creator of the product, Dr. Ayala Laufer Cahana is not only a doctor (pediatrics and medical genetics) but a mother. She must know how hard it is to feed kids healthy foods! Its a daily challenge for moms and dads everywhere. If she could only turn these herbal waters into some kind of chewy fruit snacks...

A percentage of Ayala's Herbal Water revenue (at six participating Whole Foods Markets in New York City) is donated to The Children's Aid Society which helps kids in need.
For more information, please head over to HerbalWater.com.


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

So many must-haves for fall!

I cannot wait for the fall weather. Cooler tempatures, long jeans, boots and sweaters, I'm so excited. And with heralding in a new season comes some new beauty products to make life a little easier. First up is the new Schick Intuition Plus Limited Edition Razors! You have your choice of three design styles. All styles have the name slim design, easy grip, a strip of moisturizer and it comes with a shower hanger so you can have your razor within easy reach. I just shaved my legs with mine this morning. The Intuition makes shaving a cinch!

DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub helps get rid of the dry skin on my hands (and feet too). This product contains such ingredients as Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Green Tea, Willowbeak and Algae extract and buffing beads to exfoliate and smooth hands (and feet). You can use it everywhere but your face.

Veet hair removal gel cream works in three minutes! This is a very easy way to remove unwanted hair. You can use the Perfect Touch Tool to apply the gel, go wash your face and get in the shower to rinse and there you go ... done! I love how soft and smooth my legs are after using Veet. Sometimes I miss areas on my legs when I shave but using this, nothing is forgotten.

Two in one shampoo and conditioner- Jane Iredale Truly Pure. Not only does it smell lightly of lemons, it also improves hair with active algae extracts, increases volume, washes out completely with no residue. AND you can use this for cleaning your brushes. I use it on my hair and makeup brushes. I take them in the shower with me and scrub them up, allowing them to dry overnight. The next morning, clean and dry brushes.

For acne, you cannot beat Clearasil Products. Easy to find and affordable, these products are suitable for teens and adults. The new Clearasil StayClear Daily Face Wash rids skin of dirt, oil and bacteria, all of which contribute to pimples!
Oh how I love a good mask! The PCA Purifying Mask will leave skin looking refreshed and feeling smooth. French Red Clay will detoxify skin, while algae both detoxes and hydrates. Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Thyme and Grapefruit Peel oil helps to control facial oil and bacteria.


Dr. Perricone & Acai - Reader Giveaway!

Dr. Perricone Citrus Facial Wash is something I would looooove. I'm always seeking facial washes that won't strip my skin of moisture. And guess what? I'm giving a bottle of this away to a lucky reader.

Here's what you need to know about this facial wash:
Contains DMAE which provides firming and toning benefits- Enhances facial contours- An anti-inflammatory that enhances the strength of other antioxidant therapiesVitamin C Ester - Patented- A powerful antioxidant that improves firmness and elasticity- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration- Imparts a radiant, smooth and luminous appearance

Just tell me why you need a product like this. Send your replies to me at distressedbluejeans@gmail.com and in the subject heading, write PERRICONE.

The Dr. Perricone acai health benefits are found here. He lists superfoods you can eat for maximum benefits. Take a look!

Quick Tip from Brett Freedman!

I love today's quick tip because although I like wearing false eyelashes, I'm not very good at putting them on. My fingers are too big to get a good grip and when I use tweezers, I usually pick them up at the wrong spot. Well, I've been schooled thanks to Brett! It doesn't take very long to glue a few on to the outer corners of your eyes and the impact is huge. Take a look and try for yourself.

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Beauty.com - a deal not to be missed!

I just had to pass this deal along to you, dear readers. I have received these gift bags in the past and they are seriously the bomb. All those amazing products in one neat travel beauty bag. And if you havent shopped on Beauty.com, you must experience it. Sometimes I go on there just for fun. So many products in one place!

Here's the official 411:
Beginning September 1st (today!), shoppers who visit www.beauty.com/zeromariacornejo and spend $100 or more will receive an exclusive, limited-time sample-stuffed gift with purchase travel bag from the award-winning fashion label Zero + Maria Cornejo. Filled with prestige beauty samples, the exclusive set is valued at over $140.

Here's what you get:
(my comments are in red)

1. NICK CHAVEZ® Beverly Hills PLUMP ‘N THICK® Thickening Spray Gel with Collagen
(Im a sucker for anything that will make my hair thick!)
2. Origins Modern Friction™ Nature’s gentle dermabrasion
3. BORBA GUMMI BOOSTERS Açaí Skin Balance Confections (OMG, these are sooooo good!)
6. TALIKA PARIS eye therapy patch
7. DIANA B. scented candle (her products are divine!)
9. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara
10. paula dorf Perfect Primer®
11. RareMinerals™ Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer
12. dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleanerTM blackhead extractor (I want this)
13. PHYTO phytodéfrisant (great brand!)
14. BVLGARI Omnia Green Jade Body Lotion
15. Arcona Night Breeze Heal/Protect PM
16. Urban Decay Lipstick, Sellout

Monday, August 31, 2009

Daily Dollfaces

When is Sarah Michelle due? I predict she's having a girl. I like her outfit but ouch! Those shoes can't be comfy!

Little Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is a doll.

Not quite a doll, Paris Hilton.

I like Kristin Cavallari's dress. Very Grecian Toga.

I'm not thrilled with Jessica's ensemble. She can stand in for a BarberShop Quartet with that hat! It looks out of place against the green dress. I want defined arms but are Jessica's too much?

Kate Hudson wearing two fall trends- over the knee boots and see thru top. You won't find me wearing either. Well, not in public.

Is Rebecca Gayheart trying to make us think she's elegant and demure in that dress? Hey, we've all seen the tape (or pictures). Elegant and demure she's not!

Katherine Hiegl's face is glowing! Beautiful. But I don't get the bow in her hair?

See? I told you see-thru was a trend. And Lauren Conrad shows us just how see-thru we need to be this fall.

Gwen is adorable and so are her boys. Fear not, the nanny is standing close by. You didn't think Gwen handles her boys all on her own, did you? Kingston's hair reminds me of a unicorn mane.
Ellen Pompeo looks fantastic! She must be having a boy....girls make women look pale while boys make their moms glow. An old wives tale but it was the case with my pregnancies!
Camilla Alves and Levi. Matthew McConagheygey has the cutest family!

That looks like something coming out of Britney's nose but its the sunglasses!
Annalyne McCord and her sister. I like these girls because of their curly hair. I have wavy hair too and they make me feel like its okay not to have the trendy pin straight locks so popular in Hollywood.

I'm not crazy about the dress but Sandra Bullock looks good. And I can't believe she's forty five!

I have mixed feelings about onesies for adults. If only they came with crotch snaps. Kate Walsh does have really nice legs, doesn't she?

Jon Gosselin strikes a pose. Not attractive.

EMMYS: Rachael Ray wears a flattering shade of purple however if the dress was two inches shorter, it would be more flattering.

EMMYS: Jennie Garth looks very retro glam in this gown but what makes the look complete is her hair and makeup!
EMMYS: Tyra Banks looks like she's going to a dinner, not the Emmys. Although I love the dress and the shoes.

EMMYS: Do you think Ellen ever wants to wear a gown? Portia looks glam! But does she ever want to wear the tux?

Scenes from LA, The Daytime Emmys

As we drove downtown to the Orpheum Theater, the smoke was thick. This looked like a scene from a disaster movie.

The Orpheum, venue for this years Daytime Emmys, is old and ornate. I love the architecture inside and out.
I tried to imagine what the theater looked like back in the golden era of Hollywood.

Inside, gearing up for the event.

Outside you will find tents are in place, sound equipment and craft services set up, talent arrivals. It all happened in the back alley of the Orpheum. On a very hot day.
I love the thrill of an event. I get excited when I have the opportunity to attend something out of the ordinary. In this case, On 3 Productions invited me to cover the gifting lounge for the Daytime Emmys and I couldn't have been more excited to go!

After much deliberation, I decided to wear a comfortable yet funky cotton sundress with a chunky turquoise necklace and strappy metallic heels which gave me a blister. I heeded Brett Freedman's makeup advice about doing the cats eye and bought the liquid liner from Sephora to do it. I'm always a little nervous at these events, as if anyone is going to even look twice at me. I'm a silly girl.

The event was held at the site of the awards show, downstairs, in a private area. I needed an escort to get me inside. I don't know a lot of the daytime talent, mostly because I'm sitting at my computer not watching TV but I instantly recognized Gilles Marini when I walked in the lounge area.

Around the room were vendors, displaying their products and chatting with the talent and press.
I enjoyed meeting everyone and talking about new products, always trying to figure out how I can plan a Reader Giveaway! I'm craving the Starbucks ice cream which works hand in hand with Crunch fitness, if you get my drift.

Vendors at the event included:

ANONAME JEANS Women’s Denim jeans: http://www.anoname.com
BOOKSONBOARD: the Largest Independent eBookstore http://www.booksonboard.com/

CHEWYLOU DESIGNS Clothing for Men, Women and Kids: http://www.chewylou.com/

COBY ELECTRONICS SNAPP CAM3000 Portable Handheld Digital Camcorder and DP-240 Portable 2.4” Digital Photo Album with MP3 Playback. http://www.cobyusa.com/
CRUNCH One Year Crunch Membership: http://www.crunch.com/

GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY Selection of Accessories for iPod, iPhone, Blackberry & More: http://www.griffintechnology.com/

HOLLY MCCLAIN DESIGNS Custom Handcrafted Embellished Dog Collars and Matching Leads: http://www.hollymcclain.com/

MARCHON Jil Sander Eyewear distributed by Marchon, Inc. http://www.marchon.com/

NATURE MADE SAM-E COMPLETE “Discover Your Good Mood Essentials Kit” http://www.sam-e.com/

VERA BRADLEY Imperial Toile Large Duffle & Fall 2009 Accessories: http://www.verabradley.com/

And Jamie Kreitman Crystals Flip Flops http://www.jamiekreitman.com/

A few of the celebrities who received cool gifts included Vanessa Williams, Jennie Garth, Colin Eggelsfield, Gilles Marini, Lori Loughlin, Cameron Mathison, Susan Lucci, Alex Trebek and many more!

After we finished inside, we drifted outside to the front of the theater where a commercial was filming. I saw Erik Estrada and heard one of the voices from Sesame Street. CHIPS and Elmo, brought me back to the 1980's!

A big thanks to On 3 for inviting Hello Dollface to feature the event!

Friday, August 28, 2009

MAC Colour Craft

MAC's new collection, called Colour Craft, offers a beautiful and exciting array of colorful lipsticks, lipglasses, nail polishes, mineralize skin finish, blush and eyeshadows.
As always, I appreciate the color selection and products that MAC turns out every season.

Several months ago, I fell in love with a dark green nail polish I saw in an advertisement. It's the new fall must have shade, I promise you. The other shade is a dirty lavender, Cool Reserve, which I've lusted after since the spring. The deep green, called Beyond Jealous is trendy but age appropriate for a thirty seven year old cougar like myself. Its sassy but elegant. I am going to paint my toenails with it later today.
Here's the color palette for my new wall paint...actually its an eye shadow. You have all the shades you need right here for a base, highlighting color, brow bone and liner. Mix it up. Blend them together. Get creative. The lip glosses are like lava lamps! Blobs of color and sparkle give your mouth depth of color and glitter makes lips shine. Pretty Pattern is the caramel blend and the reds/pinks are called Crazy Haute. Since they are lipglasses, they have that incredible shine we all love from MAC.

Listing of Products in the Colour Craft collection:
Madly Creative - Pink neutral with white pearl (Frost)
Ever Embellish - Plum brown with red pearl (Lustre)
Made with Love - Bright coral pink (Lustre)
Colour Crafted - Milky pink (Frost)
Trimming Talk - Bright fuschia (Frost)
Most Popular - Purple with yellow undertone (Lustre)

Pretty Pattern - Warm mid-tone beige
Crazy Haute - Blue pink
Nice Mix Up - Burnt ginger
Funky Fusion - Pink coral
Eclectic Edge - Cool violet
Miss Marble - Muted pink

Mineralize Skinfinish:
Sunny by Nature- Rich bronze with pink pearl
Cheeky Bronze - Soft golden coral wth bronze pearl
Porcelain Pink - Soft pinky coral
Triple Fusion - Left: Soft champagne gold / Center: Soft golden peach / Right: Rose pink with gold nuances
Smooth Merge - Left: Soft champange pink / Center: Deep rose / Right: Pale cool pink
Warm Blend - Left: Antique gold / Center: Mahogany Bronze / Right: Copper

Mineralize Eyeshadows:
Assemblage - White with silver pearl / Deep grey / Black with silver glitter / Warm yellow
Odd Bits - Mid-tone silver grey / Dusty rose with gold pearl / Dark burgundy/ Peachy bronze Fashion Patch - Ice blue / Off white / Black with silver glitter / Light white pink
Eccentricity - Rich gold / Light violet / Deep plum/ Rich bronze
Natural Flare - Copper / Yellow orange / Mid-tone brown / Rich gold
Girlish Romp - Mid-tone violet / Yellow white with gold pearl / Light pastel coral / Mid-tone pink

Mineralize Blush:
Hand-Finish - Light pink with deep gold veining
Fab-dabulous - Mid-tone burnt coral with yellow gold veining
Daft Pink - Deep blue pink with light white gold veining
Improvise - Mid-tone neutral coral with light white yellow gold veining
Cheek & Cheerful - Mid-tone bronzy brown with yellow gold veining
Style Demon - Mid-tone brick red with copper veining


Philosophy - The Supernatural

If I were to design a line of lipglosses which I hope to someday, I'd feature a color palette like these glosses above. Share the Love and Reflect A Little are both from Philosophy's line, The Supernatural.

These offer high shine, light texture, and the small size is perfect for slipping into a pocket or handbag. Whats not to love? Especially when you know the glosses contain an SPF 15 to protect the lips. The sheer colors are so beautiful. Take a look!

Look at this stunning pinky-peach shade! I can't imagine it not being flattering to anyone's complexion. Called Feel Warm All Over, it gives cheeks a touch of shimmer and sheer, warm color. Lit From Within is a natural cream blush that can be applied with your fingertips, right there on the apples of your cheeks. I dab the leftover product on my lips.

For a healthy, yet simple makeup routine, apply a lightweight foundation with an SPF, a little mascara and a touch of Lit From Within on the cheeks, a swipe or two of Superglossy and you are polished and pretty, ready to walk out the door! For more great Supernatural products, click here!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A little Rachel Zoe

Last year when the The Rachel Zoe Project premiered, I wrote about it. I don't remember my exact words but it probably went on about how I've kept my finger on the pulse of Rachel Zoe since she was known as Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig. There's something about her that I admire. What is it? The big blonde hair? Well, she is from New Jersey like yours truly.

I like the fact that she doesn't give into the Hollywood peer pressure of breast implants and plastic surgery. She dresses for fashion, not to be sexy. You won't see her wearing acrylic nails, a tight shirt, skin tight pants and high wedge flip flops. She's classy like that.

I love her 60's-70's bohemian glamour - long gypsy dresses, piles of jewelry and stilettos. I understand her passion for her career, and what a glamorous career it is! Through dressing celebrities, she's become a celebrity. And she wrote a fun book about fashion that I refer to now and then when I need a little inspiration.
She's fun and funny. Rachel has been with her husband for seventeen years. You can tell she adores him which is so rare in todays world where every other person is getting a divorce. Hard work, committed relationship, lives in southern California, big hair, from New Jersey...why, we could almost be twins! Okay, maybe distant cousins.
I watch her show every week on Bravo and I thank her for letting us live in the glam, fast paced, fashion loving world of Rachel Zoe, if only for an hour every week for a few months a year.